Thursday, March 27, 2008

Logical, indecisive mechanic?

You Are An ISTP
The Mechanic

You are calm and collected, even in the most difficult of situations.
A person of action and self-direction, you love being independent.
To outsiders you seem impulsive, surprising, and unpredictable.
You are good at understanding how all things work, except for people.

In love, you tend to be very easy going and flexible.
The only thing you can't stand for is someone trying to change you or your life.

At work, you can stay completely calm under pressure. You handle stress well.
You would make an excellent pilot, forensic pathologist, or athlete.

How you see yourself: Logical, flexible, and unconventional

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Indecisive, flippant, and disrespctful

Monday, March 24, 2008

If I were an Austen heroine...

I am Elinor Dashwood!

Take the Quiz here!

It's been a while since I've read Sense & Sensibility, so I'll have to wait until next week's PBS Jane Austen to see what I think of this. I think Elinor Dashwood was a good heroine. At least I didn't come out as Fanny Price or Emma Woodhouse!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Kingfisher of Thankfulness

(Lesser known compatriot of the bluebird of happiness)
So, LC went to Boston, and brought me back this awesome yarn - thanks! It's Colinette Cadenza, in colorway Kingfisher. I could make a kingfisher stuatue cozy with it. But probably won't.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Free the Owls!!

Owls behind bars - what kind of people are we? Well, this is a little screech owl who apparently flew into an ugly glass building on campus. He was sitting at the base of the building Friday morning, being as hunched up and inconspicuous as possible, but still tending to draw a crowd since he was on the sidewalk just off a major walking route from parking lot to the center of campus. A professor from biology brought the cage up, and we called a wildlife rehab person, who came later in the day to pick him up. The juice botle in the background was a warm water bottle for the owl in case his/her temp was low (good thing to remember for stunned birds - they might need to warm up).
On knitting fronts, the candle flame shawl is coming along, though I'm wondering what size I'll get out of these 3 skeins. Some calculations yesterday on excel gave me a height of 24" from the point of the triangle to the long side that goes across the shoulders. Doesn't quite seem like a full shawl. Does that size make for a hippie head wrap? Or a pleasant dash of color scarf kind of thing?

Sunday, March 02, 2008

On a fence

So, I'm wondering... Lizards or miters? (Dearest Cupcake, you're not going to like this, but then again, you're in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, so what are you going to do about it?)
I've been working along on this mitered square blanket (ala Mason Dixon Knitting) that I had started with my 12-skein stash of Noro Kureyon colorway #128, thinking that 12 skeins might make a whole blanket. It doesn't, not to my concept of something to cuddle up with on the couch. So, I bought 4 more skeins of Kureyon in 2 different colors, which gets me up to a bit more of a blanket.
So, this morning, I took a dive into the yarn stash, Noro section, and found these 3 squares I started at some point for the Lizard Ridge blanket.
So, is there any chance that I'm nuts enough (and spendthrift enough) to make 2 Noro blankets? The simpler option is obviously to frog these 3 LR squares, knit up 8 more M squares and be done with the mitered square blanket. But, of course, I went and browsed through some of the 559 LR projects on ravelry... And, well, the LR seems a lot more interesting to have on hand.
I am not 100% indecision, though. I've been working on the Candle Flame shawl in Southwest Trading Company's bamboo. It's lovely. The yarn's rather slippery, so that I actually have to twine it around my fingers to keep the tension proper, as I hear people generally do with knitting. The stitch definition is fantastic, very nice for this lace pattern.
And, I've even finished things.
Earlier this year, I made the Koolhaus hat in Debbie Bliss Donegal Aran Tweed (though there is a problem here, it's too small, and keeps popping off my head, making me into a conehead - I'll probably redo it b/c the pattern and the yarn are both quite nice).
No problems with the Trellis Scarf in Rowan Silk Haze. The pattern was fun to do, the yarn is gorgeous, and I worked out how to make both ends of the scarf have matching points.

And, I made a Be My Dischcloth for my mom. Since Valentine's Day is my birthday, my parents used to give me some present each year with hearts on it. So, when I saw the dishcloth, I thought I might as well reciprocate. And, washing dishes or wiping up spills seems like a great use for something with hearts on it. And it was a bit of a lesson in reading the pattern. I cast on the 47 sts, did the seed stitch border, and started following the chart. K & I were watching a movie & I wondered now & then why the dishcloth was coming out so rectangular, but kept soldiering on. When I got all the way through, it looked like the picture, but kind of squashed. Which would be because the chart is for every other row - the alternate rows are just plain st st. So, reknit, followed directions, soaked, blocked & popped in mail in time for Feb. 14.